Le Corbusier : A Life (Hardcover)

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Weber delves into the life of one of the most influential, admired, and maligned architects of the 20th century. Le Corbusier, designer of the United Nations headquarters, was a leader of the controversial modernist movement that sought to create a better society through innovative urban planning.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375410437
SKU 207886654
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0375410430
Release Date 11/11/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 10.25H x 7L x 2T
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"Exhaustive biography of one of the most innovative and influential architects of the 20th century....The deeply felt tribute to Le Corbusier's work is enriched by Weber's engrossing, entertaining portraits of his complex personality." (Starred review.)
"Both megalomaniacal and brilliant, Le Corbusier emerges from Weber's mesmerizing pages in all his complexity." (Starred review.)
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Editors Note A definitive study of the life and work of the influential, controversial architect looks at the role of Le Corbusier in developing a modernist architectural movement that sought to better society through innovative urban planning and discusses influences on his work, the evolution of his pioneering design theories, and his legacy on the history of architecture. 17,500 first printing.
Annotation In this comprehensive account of the life and career of Europe's master architect of the 20th century, biographer Nicholas Fox Weber tells how Charles Edouard Jeanneret became Le Corbusier. Weber recounts his beginnings in Switzerland, his education in Paris, and his early painting career. He tells how Le Corbusier developed his theory that architecture could improve society, and how he believed that better housing design was a remedy for the slums of Paris. Weber includes Le Corbusier's relations with great artists of the time, and does not gloss over his association with Mussolini and with the Vichy government, as well as his interest in Russia. Finally, Weber explains Le Corbusier's theories, along with his lasting (though sometimes controversial) influence on architects, urban planners, and society. Overall, this is a high-interest, absorbing portrait of a modern master.
Editors Note 2 A definitive study of the life and work of the influential, controversial architect looks at the role of Le Corbusier in developing a modernist architectural movement that sought to better society through innovative urban planning and discusses influences on his work, the evolution of his pioneering design theories, and his legacy on the history of architecture. 17,500 first printing.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0821
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group

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